The Snow College Badgers finished off their last home game of the season in style with a 111-63 win over the Spartans of Colorado Northwestern.
“It was a good way to honor the sophomores and those that will likely be moving on,” said Head Coach Rob Nielson. “This has been a good year with a lot of highlights. Now we need to focus on our last games on the road.”
The Badgers had five players in double figures scoring, led by Ben Tew with 18, Hagen Wright and Chase Potter each with 15, Rich Stucki with 14 and Clayton Southwick with 12. Tew and Stucki each came off the bench to spark the Badgers.
Snow College had 20 assists on 22 made field goals in the first half and finished with 40 assists on 46 made shots.
“We are moving the ball pretty well,” said Nielson. “If we can run the offense and move the ball like we did tonight, we can be a tough team to beat.”
The Badgers shot over 61% from the field, 42% from behind the three-point arc and improved their conference record to 8-4, remaining in second place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.
Snow College started their six-game road swing with an important win at the College of Southern Idaho, 79-69, in a hard-fought battle.
“This was big win for us,” said Nielson. “Not only do we get an important road win, but we get a little separation between us and the other teams next to us in the standings.”
With the win, the Badgers are now 9-4 in conference play and hold a game and a half lead over Utah State University-Eastern, and they hold the tiebreaker. They also have a two-game lead over CSI. The Badgers still have five more road games to finish the regular season.
“It’s a tough way to finish the season,” said Nielson. “It might help us prepare for the tournament, which is at Salt Lake Community College, and to win that we’d have to play three games in a row.”
The game with CSI was tied 15 times and featured 13 lead changes before the Badgers secured the win on a Hagen Wright three pointer, and then Wyatt Lowell sealed the win with another three with less than two minutes remaining.
Southwick led the Badgers with 24 points, Potter had 12 and Tew again came off the bench and scored eleven.
Snow College will be on the road this week against Colorado Northwestern on Thursday and against Salt Lake Community College on Saturday.